Our friends over at MickWare.com have graciously allowed us to repost this wonderful article by Michael Ware. It was printed in a Australian magazine.
Reporting from inside Iraq is tough, but it’s the only way to comprehend the complexity of the situation. Journalists who parachute in from time to time can only hope to capture a fragment of the truth, writes Michael Ware. When a man is tortured because of you, something inside slowly dies. An unanswerable, tumorous guilt grows within. It feeds off the self-pitying shame that it was him, and not you; off the feeling you must, somehow, somewhere, atone for this, must conjure the miracle that will repair the part of him that has darkened and drawn away, forever lost. All the while knowing you can't, and that what you feel doesn't really matter.